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Poster: fts1999 Date: May 30, 2011 6:25pm
Forum: audio Subject: new user - splitting mp3 files

Hello - i am trying to download a few files from the community audio section and am able to download single mp3 files (or zipped versions of the same file) and i am not a very advanced computer user. It seems like the file i am downloading has all of the mp3s that i want stuck together into a single mp3 and when i add it to my itunes it gives me a 45 minute file instead of 12 different smaller mp3s. Can someone please advise on how to break up the file?

Thanks!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffAuntie Imperial Date: Jun 2, 2011 7:28pm
Forum: audio Subject: Re: new user - splitting mp3 files

Hi,

#1> WAS IT one file on your computer as well (assuming you didn't dl it right to your pod). Some zip files have multiple files that reassemble into one file when unzipped. Common with large files so one can send emails with a series of zipfiles that are small enough to email and when all the emails are received they can be put together into, lets say a full length movie.

#2> Try loading it into another kind of player... preferably one on your computer and see if get the same results.

#3> If you do get the same results please give me a detail page URL so I can see what you downloaded and what the zip file looked like inside and how it runs on my computer. There are a number of possibilities such as one big file that had a .cue sheet to slice it into individual files...

If that's the case you won't be able to put it directly on your pod but will have to use computer based (typically stable and safe free or begware) software to cut it. Not that I've ever seen mp3s done that way but... Point being there are other possibilities.

Let me know,

Auntie Imp

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Poster: fts1999 Date: Jun 3, 2011 7:36am
Forum: audio Subject: Re: new user - splitting mp3 files

Thanks for the response. I tried downloading from the link below - it gives me a single file that seems like it should be split up but i don't see a .cue file and i don't know what Ogg Vorbis or VBR is. Any help you can give would be much appreciated!

http://www.archive.org/details/OldiesButGoodies-Cd.06_424

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffAuntie Imperial Date: Jun 3, 2011 11:14am
Forum: audio Subject: Re: new user - splitting mp3 files

Got the link... I'll check.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffAuntie Imperial Date: Jun 3, 2011 11:15am
Forum: audio Subject: Re: new user - splitting mp3 files

It IS one big file. The list is just the list of songs on the one big mp3 file.

I use Windoze so I'm going to use the software available for it as example of how to proceed. Not sure about other OSes but there should be similar tools available.

You could get a simple audio tool like WavePad (the freeware version is all you need) or something more robust like Acoustic Mixcraft (use it during it's one week eval period) and practice your audio editing techniques.

I use Mixcraft for my daily Cabale News Service rips (and no, they don't pay me to plug it albeit I am on their beta testing team). It is easy to use. You can just put the one big MP3 in a channel and then put markers where the tracks are. When you mix down you'll end up with separate audio files. Just be sure to get it all done during the evaluation period because it's not cheapware (although it is MUCH less expensive than Soundforge, ProTools) Then, if you didn't name the markers, get MP3tag or some other tagging tool and use the list on the detail page to tag the individual files.

Hope that helped.